Featured Interview With R.M. Schultz
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
R.M. Schultz was raised and lives with his wife, daughter, and many pets (dogs, cats, chickens) in the Pacific Northwest. When he is not writing or reading or saving animals, he enjoys spending time with his family, the great outdoors, playing the guitar, or exercising in some form.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
After reading Tolkien, R.M. began writing his first 90,000-word fantasy novel as a freshman in high school. He’s continued reading and writing across genres for over two decades but always includes fantasy or science fiction elements.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
George R.R. Martin, Anthony Doerr, Tolkien, N.K. Jemisin, Brandon Sanderson
Tell us a little about your latest book?
It's a space opera (like Dune and the Expanse Series) meets epic fantasy (like Game of Thrones or the Fifth Season).
Unrest smolders in a galaxy where most citizens endure the oppressive society of the Northrite corporation. Run by six masked councilmembers, the Northrite exploit the powers of Elemiscists—those with magical abilities—and keep them as indentured servants. When a nearby sun turns bloodred and begins pulsing, people flee their homes, and the millennia-old government is plunged into chaos. Six diverse individuals from across the galaxy become entwined in a struggle for survival and to overthrow the Northrite corporation.
These six share a strange dream: a figure composed only of shadow, holding the pulsing red sun in its palm. Jaycken is an audacious and sarcastic young military recruit who dreams of harnessing Elemiscist powers, and Rynn is a sheltered but perceptive young woman who flees her home planet in search of her missing mother. Nyranna is a cunning Elemiscist slave, seeking to free her people from oppression, and Seeva, an operative and activist, tracks down a branch of the Northrite corporation that funds poachers and decimates endangered creatures for profit. Elion is a morbid bounty hunter, and Cirx is a medieval knight who seeks revenge for the death of his people.
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